Last tour with Sir Simon Rattle

Our last tour with Sir Simon Rattle as our chief conductor with concerts in London, Vienna, Amsterdam, Cologne, Madrid and Barcelona. On the programme, two new “tapas” by Hans Abrahamsen and Jörg Widmann as well as Johannes Brahms’s First Symphony, Witold Lutosławski’s Third Symphony, and Anton Bruckner’s Ninth Symphony with the finale by Samale et al.
(Photo: Monika Rittershaus)

10 Jun 2018

Last tour concert in Barcelona

There we are, at a beautiful concert hall: The last tour concert with Sir Simon Rattle. The first symphony of Johannes Brahms is the final work. It has been a programmatically demanding tour with great concerts and wonderful promoters. A special thank you to our stage crew, who found solutions for every stage.

Christian Stadelmann
(Photo: Monika Rittershaus)
Naoko Shimizu
Favourite food not only for Minions: Bananas!
View on the stage
Martin von der Nahmer and Máté Szűcs
Joaquin Riquelme

10 Jun 2018

Backstage

...it's cosy at the Palau de la Música Catalana.

(Photo: Monika Rittershaus)
Sir Simon and concertmaster Daniel Stabrawa
Sarah Willis
Guillaume Jehl

10 Jun 2018

Soundcheck at the Palau de la Música Catalana

Santa Maria del Mar
For the brave: The mediterranean sea is still a bit chilly!

10 Jun 2018

A walk through Barcelona

... with Monika Rittershaus

Train station with palm trees: Madrid Atocha
Off to Barcelona with the AVE fast train.
Arrival in Barcelona
Sagrada Familia
The bassoon player is happy!

10 Jun 2018

Barcelona

Visiting the Sagrada Familia with Markus Weidmann

Entry for Widmann
(Photo: Monika Rittershaus)
...and back again.
Auditorio Nacional de Música
Instead of the traditional cat photo: A music loving guide dog visited the concert!
Michael Frohloff has the music under control!

08 Jun 2018

Concert in Madrid

Perfectly organized as always by our friends from Ibermusica!

Bettina Sartorius, 2nd violin
Julia Gartemann, viola
Maja Avramović, 1st violin
Rachel Schmidt, 2nd violin
Jelka Weber, flute
Rachel Helleur-Simcock, cello

08 Jun 2018

Rehearsal in Madrid

Monika Rittershaus has made beautiful portraits of some ladies of our orchestra.

Principal cellist Bruno Delepelaire wanted to try out something new....
(Photo: Monika Rittershaus)
...but luckily he came back to his wonderful cello!
Spaniards at home: Joaquin Riquelme and Luis Esnaola
Two brothers: Our violist Micha Afkham in front of a photo of his brother David, chief conductor of the Spanish National Orchestra.

08 Jun 2018

Backstage in Madrid

Our penultimate station: Madrid

(Photo: Markus Weidmann)
Louwrens Langevoort
(Photo: Markus Weidmann)
(Photo: Markus Weidmann)
(Photo: Monika Rittershaus)

07 Jun 2018

A nice evening in Cologne

As a good tradition the whole orchestra got invited after the concert in Cologne by Louwrens Langevoort and his team. Thank you very much, we enjoyed it!

Principal French horn Stefan Dohr and principal flute Emmanuel Pahud
(Photo: Monika Rittershaus)
The best stage crew: ours!

07 Jun 2018

Good bye!

Entry for the Widmann
(Photo: Monika Rittershaus)
Principal timpanist Rainer Seegers
Woodwinds
Celli

07 Jun 2018

Concert in Cologne

The General Manager of the Philharmonie Cologne, Louwrens Langevoort, welcomes Sir Simon and the orchestra
(Photo: Monika Rittershaus)
Principal trombone Olaf Ott
Our crew for the keyboard instruments: Hendrik Heilmann and Holger Groschopp
Principal viola Máté Szűcs

07 Jun 2018

Rehearsal at the Philharmonie in Cologne

A very pleasant train journey from Amsterdam to Cologne!
(Photo: Markus Weidmann)
(Photo: Monika Rittershaus)

07 Jun 2018

Arrival in Cologne

(Photo: Monika Rittershaus)
Entry Sir Simon
Standing Ovation

06 Jun 2018

Concert in Amsterdam

As every time it was a big pleasure to play in this wonderful concert hall. A big thank you to the great team of the Concertgebouw!

Principal clarinet Andreas Ottensamer
Alessandro Cappone, 1st violin
Richard Duven
Thomas Leyendecker
David Riniker
Here comes the band! Franz Schindlbeck, Andrej Zust, Alexander Bader and Jan Schlichte

06 Jun 2018

Backstage

...with Monika Rittershaus

(Photo: Monika Rittershaus)
Our programme
This is Julius Röntgen, not Wilhelm Conrad.

06 Jun 2018

The Concertgebouw

Simon Reinink, director of the Concertgebouw, welcomes the orchestra and Sir Simon.
(Photo: Monika Rittershaus)
Concertmaster Noah Bendix-Balgley tunes
Sir Simon
Alan Nilles, viola
Alvaro Parra, 1st violin
Principal cellist Bruno Delepelaire
Flute player Michael Hasel
Laurentiu Dinca, 1st violin

06 Jun 2018

Rehearsal in Amsterdam

The Rijksmuseum
Travelling with us through Europe: Our partners from Kanitz
Monika Rittershaus at work
French horn player Andrej Zust in a short moment of silence before the concert.

06 Jun 2018

Moments in Amsterdam and at the Concertgebouw

... captured by Markus Weidmann

Michael Karg

06 Jun 2018

Double bass energy

...captured by Janusz Widzyk

A visit to the Mauritshuis in Den Haag. "The girl with a Pearl Earring" by Jan Vermeer
(Photo: Monika Rittershaus)
"The Goldfinch" by Carel Fabritius
A walk at the North Sea
Christian Stadelmann in action

06 Jun 2018

A free day

05 Jun 2018

Impressions from Amsterdam

...by Michael Frohloff

The Concertgebouw
(Photo: Monika Rittershaus)

05 Jun 2018

Welcome to Amsterdam

Composer Hans Abrahamsen
(Photo: Monika Rittershaus)
..again receiving the applause for the Austrian premiere of his new work.
Final applause
That's it! See you again Vienna, in new constellations.

04 Jun 2018

Second and last concert in Vienna

Sir Simon and Hans Abrahamsen
(Photo: Monika Rittershaus)
Cultural senator Klaus Lederer also paid Sir Simon a visit backstage.
Andrea Zietzschmann, general manager of the foundation Berliner Philharmoniker, and Sir Simon
Let's clean up a bit
Philipp Schoof and Kirk Knoblauch from our stage crew

04 Jun 2018

Before the second concert in Vienna

(Photo: Monika Rittershaus)
Fergus McWilliam
Gunars Upatnieks, double bass
Principal French horn David Cooper
Marlene Ito, 2nd violin
Vincent Vogel, percussionist from the Karajan-Akademie
Mor Biron and Markus Weidmann from the bassoon section
Why is Sir Simon sitting on my place?
Ah, much better!

04 Jun 2018

Second rehearsal in Vienna

Musikverein
Museumsquartier
Dürer rabbit on top of the Albertina

04 Jun 2018

Vienna at night

... seen by Monika Rittershaus

Widmann's "Tanz auf dem Vulkan" starts from the other side in Vienna
(Photo: Monika Rittershaus)
Composer Jörg Widmann thanks the orchestra and Sir Simon after the Austrian premiere of his piece.
Wolfgang Talirz, viola
Applause

04 Jun 2018

First concert in Vienna

(Photo: Monika Rittershaus)
Principal double bass Matthew McDonald awaiting eagerly his instrument.

04 Jun 2018

Just around the corner

Simon Roturier, 2nd violin
(Photo: Monika Rittershaus)
Philipp Bohnen, 2nd violin
Principal bassoon Stefan Schweigert
Edicson Ruiz, double bass
The boss of our foundation pays us a visit in Vienna: Berlin's culture senator Klaus Lederer greet the orchestra, general manager Andrea Zietzschmann and Sir Simon Rattle.
Stage is loaded...
Franz Schindlbeck
Musikverein Vienna

03 Jun 2018

First rehearsal in Vienna

Jesper Busk Sørensen

03 Jun 2018

Arrival at the Musikverein Vienna

... special perspectives, found by Monika Rittershaus

(Photo: Monika Rittershaus)

02 Jun 2018

Second concert in London with works by Widmann, Lutoslawski and Brahms

02 Jun 2018

Sightseeing in London

... with Markus Weidmann

02 Jun 2018

The philharmonic offspring...

... can be found in different places.

George VI and Queen Elizabeth
(Photo: Monika Rittershaus)
Prince Harry and Meghan
Andre II. and Gabor I.

02 Jun 2018

Royals...

...we have our own version!

(Photo: Monika Rittershaus)

02 Jun 2018

City Life

(Photo: Janusz Widzyk)
(Photo: Markus Weidmann)
The man who saw it first: Christian Stadelmann with camera and friendly support from Madeleine Carruzzo.
(Photo: Markus Weidmann)
(Photo: Christian Stadelmann)

01 Jun 2018

Picture puzzle

The moon has risen...

(Photo: Monika Rittershaus)
Concertmaster Noah Bendix-Balgley
Sir Simon Rattle
Brass section
Final applause
See you tomorrow!

01 Jun 2018

Abrahamsen and Bruckner in London

The Royal Festival Hall
(Photo: Monika Rittershaus)
River Thames
The London Eye

01 Jun 2018

On the way to the concert

On power: Principal trumpet Gabor Tarkövi
The circle of fifths gets a complete new meaning...
Bassoon talk: Mor Biron and Daniele Damiano
Christoph Hartmann
Alessandro Cappone, 1st violin
Christoph Polonek, 1st violin

31 May 2018

Backstage

...with Monika Rittershaus

(Photo: Michael Frohloff)

31 May 2018

Around the Royal Festival Hall